Ski clothing and backpack
In fact, all you really need are the right ski pants, a jacket and a backpack in which you can hide warm clothes for the descent or “skins”. The other elements of the outfit listed below are not essential, but they definitely make the trip more enjoyable.
You have to assume that we will sweat, which is why thermo-active underwear will provide you with much more comfort. There is nothing worse than a wet T-shirt sticking to your back that is about to get cold.
From our experience, we can say that there is no need to save on this element – poor quality shirts do not fulfill their function at all.
During the approach, we usually walk in only a sweatshirt or additioanl vest. We leave the thicker clothes for the descent. A light jacket (e.g. made of gore-tex or primaloft) will not burden too much our backpack.
Tea, snacks, sandwich
Food is not necessary for short trips, but when the planned trip is longer, it is worth having a handy source of energy, e.g. bars, muesli or simply chocolate. Tea or any other type of drink is an inseparable element of a touring backpack.
Good quality socks
This is a very important element that affects comfort of our trip – especially when climbing. Thick ski socks are not suitable for ski tours. Long but thin running socks are preferable (our original advice) or special socks with silver ions to prevent the accumulation of bacteria and blistering.
It is worth having really thin gloves for the approach and thicker gloves for the descent (like ones made of leather).
They are especially appreciated during snowfall because they help us with our vision.
They are also worth taking, especially during longer trips on sunny days, because snow reflects a lot of UV rays and our eyes will tire faster, and with too long exposure, you can even get conjunctivitis.
Safety above all! A helmet when descending is a must have! It doest not need to be explained why!
For the future
When you go on trips without us (without a guide), it is worth to include in your backpack: tourist first aid kit, map, crampons, shovel, and an avalanche detector on the body. For freeride fans, we recommend ABS backpacks.
The general rule that applies to ski touring is the optimized “onion” principle
An example of a good set:
The beginning of the ascend – thermo-active underwear, thin thermo-active socks, buff on the head and possibly non-warming gloves. A good tactic is to wear an Ultra Light T-shirt under a classic T-shirt / long sleeve shirt, then the back will stay dry and sweat will be on the T-shirt. (3rd layer) Of course, we have a backpack and avalanche ABC with us.
The middle of the trip – we put on a primaloft vest, and change the buff to a thin active cap, e.g. made of merino wool. In case of strong wind, rain or snow, a gore-tex jacket is the perfect solution, but without insulation.
Downhill – put on warm clothes at the top – put on a jacket (made of down or primaloft, which are very light and warm), put on a thicker hat (preferably also active), change thin gloves to thick and insulated ones, put on goggles and enjoy the ride!
As the final words we can leave you with the classical phrase repeated many times in the mountains:
“there are no bad conditions, only inappropriate clothes”.